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Ministry to clarify legislative draft on dismissal of Riga City Council

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUConsidering the resolution received from the Prime Minister on the need to clarify Riga City Council dismissal draft, Environment Protection and Regional Development Ministry will soon organize a meeting to discuss the legislative draft, as reported by the ministry’s representative Santa Vaļuma.

The ministry has commenced work on clarifying and expanding the relevant legislative draft after receiving proposals contained in different reports.

As previously reported, Environment Protection Minister Kaspars Gerhards has submitted a legislative draft to the government to achieve Riga City Council’s dismissal.

It was also previously reported about lawyers’ conclusions that there are no violations that would warrant the dismissal of Riga City Council. At the same time, environment minister’s rights to single-handedly dismiss Riga mayor are also mentioned in this context.

The ministry plans to organize an inter-institutional meeting next week to discuss the matter with representatives from Finance Ministry, Justice Ministry, Association of Local Governments of Latvia, Association of Large Cities of Latvia, Central Election Commission, Cross-sectoral Coordination Centre, State Chancellery and State Audit.

After the meeting the ministry will analyse all opinions and proposals, as well as expand the legislative draft.

Justice Ministry had previously submitted a statement on Environment Protection Ministry’s proposal on dismissal of Riga City Council. Finance Ministry and State Chancellery have also submitted their opinions.

Environment Protection and Regional Development Ministry stresses that the prime minister’s resolution on clarifying the legislative draft in accordance with received proposals and have it submitted to the Cabinet of Ministers. However, the received document does not mention a specific request or invitation for minister Kaspars Gerhards to focus only on the dismissal of Riga’s mayor.

The goal of the legislative draft is preventing a situation when Riga City Council performs illegal activities and does not ensure proper functioning of the municipal administration. Approval of this draft would mean dismissal of Riga City Council, as reported by LETA.

According to the environment protection minister, there is still a lot of work ahead to properly assess the work performed by Riga City Council, especially in regards to supervision over Rīgas satiksme. «A situation when law enforcement institutions are performing an investigation at a municipal company regarding a possible artificial inflation of prices by 5% to 7% and Riga City Council refuses to take responsibility is unacceptable. There is also the matter of a public scandal regarding possible illegalities at Rīgas satiksme,» Gerhards said.

In the event of the current Riga City Council’s dismissal, election of a new one would take place 25 May 2019.


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